Aston Villa on verge of appointing Rangers boss Steven Gerrard as new manager

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Aston Villa on verge of appointing Rangers boss Steven Gerrard as new manager
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Steven Gerrard is expected to be appointed Aston Villa manager this week.

A social media clip that emerged on Wednesday claimed to show the Rangers boss arriving in London for talks with the Premier League club’s bosses.

Several reports indicate that the Scottish Premiership side are ready to do a deal for the Liverpool legend to replace Dean Smith - with bookmakers William Hill suspending betting on his appointment.

Gerrard, who has a contract at Ibrox until 2024, had been immediately installed as favourite after Villa announced the departure of Smith at the weekend.

The ex-England captain earned praise for steering Rangers to their first Scottish title in a decade last season, but is said to have made his mind up on moving to Villa Park.

The challenge of resurrecting the top-flight fortunes of Villa - who currently sit 16th in the table on the back of five straight losses - appears to be too good an opportunity to turn down.

Gerrard has once again been left frustrated by Rangers' lack of progress in Europe after they crashed out of the Champions League qualifying rounds to Malmo in August.

Former Villa defender Richard Dunne believes despite his relative inexperience, Gerrard would be a strong appointment by the club.

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Dunne told Sky Sports News: "I think it's very exciting. He's a young manager and not been in the game very long but what he's done at Rangers has been exceptional.

"The way that he holds himself in terms of his professionalism has been brilliant and he's led that club really well since being there.

"He's won the league and has that experience of European football so I think for Villa fans it would be an exciting appointment."

Additional reporting by PA Media.

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